Sussex County Delaware
Deer Quality Workshop
Feb. 27 in Dover
Outdoors ...

Will Explain Deer Quality
Concept, New Regulations

A workshop to introduce the concept of Quality Deer Management and regulatory changes will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2002, in the DNREC Auditorium.

The Division of Fish and Wildlife, the Delaware Department of Agriculture, and the Delaware Farm Bureau have formed a partnership to educzte landowners and hunters about the benefits of quality deer management.

Speaking at the workshop will be:

  • Ken Reynolds, Division of Fish and Wildlife
    "The History and Status of Delaware Deer"

  • Brian Murphy, Quality Deer Management Association
    "Quality Deer Management and How it May Benefit Delaware"

  • Dr. Mark Conner, Chesapeake Farms
    "A Case Study on Quality Deer Management on Delmarva"

A question and answer session will follow the speakers.

The concept of Quality Deer management was initiated in Texas during the 1970s to unite landowners, hunters and biologists in producing biologically and socially balanced deer herds within existing environmental, social and legal constraints.

In Delaware, the division says increasing deer populations and decades of overharvesting young bucks have resulted in large numbers of deer with heavily skewed adult sex ratios favoring females with few mature bucks.

In addition, increasing deer/vehicle collisions and damage by deer to crops, timber and the environment have become serious concerns.

Delaware responded to such concerns in the1990s with regulatory changes designed to stabilize the state's deer herd.

The division intends to introduce several regular changes for the 2002-03 season to promote quality deer management in the state, including the following:

  • A basic hunting license will contain two antlerless deer tags;
  • Buck hunters will be required to purchase a $10 "hunter's choice" tag; they will be given a free quality buck tag

Guaranteed seating for the event can be reserved by calling DNREC at 302-739-5297.

The auditorium is located in the Richardson and Robbins Building at 89 Kings Hwy.

More information on the Division of Fish and Wildlife is available at Division's web site.

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